Fukuoka Domain

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Fukuoka Domain (福岡藩 Fukuoka han?) was a Japanese domain of the Edo period. It was associated with Chikuzen Province in modern-day Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. The domain was also sometimes referred to as Chikuzen Domain, or as Kuroda Domain, after the ruling Kuroda family.

Fukuoka Domain (Early 17th century)

In the han system, Fukuoka was a political and economic abstraction based on periodic cadastral surveys and projected agricultural yields.[1] In other words, the domain was defined in terms of kokudaka, not land area.[2] This was different from the feudalism of the West. With its rating of 473,000 koku, the domain was the fifth-largest in Japan, excluding the domains held by the Tokugawa-Matsudaira dynasty.

List of daimyo[edit]

Aerial view of Fukuoka castle

The hereditary daimyo were head of the clan and head of the domain.

Japanese crest kuroda fujitomoe.png Kuroda clan, 1600-1868 (tozama; 502,000->412,000->433,000->473,000 koku)[3]

  1. Nagamasa
  2. Tadayuki
  3. Mitsuyuki
  4. Tsunamasa
  5. Nobumasa
  6. Tsugutaka
  7. Haruyuki
  8. Harutaka
  9. Naritaka
  10. Narikiyo
  11. Nagahiro
  12. Nagatomo
  13. Prince Arisugawa Taruhito (briefly ruled domain as imperial governor in 1871)

Family tree[edit]

  • Simple silver crown.svg I. Kuroda Nagamasa, 1st Lord of Fukuoka (cr. 1600) (1568-1623; Lord of Fukuoka: 1600-1623)
    • Simple silver crown.svg II. Tadayuki, 2nd Lord of Fukuoka (1602-1654; r. 1623-1654)
      • Simple silver crown.svg III. Mitsuyuki, 3rd Lord of Fukuoka (1628-1707; r. 1654-1688)
        • Simple silver crown.svg IV. Tsunamasa, 4th Lord of Fukuoka (1659-1711; r. 1688-1711)
          • Simple silver crown.svg V. Nobumasa, 5th Lord of Fukuoka (1685-1744; r. 1711-1719)
        • Nagakiyo, Lord of Nogata (1667-1720)
          • Simple silver crown.svg VI. Tsugutaka, 6th Lord of Fukuoka (1703-1775; r. 1719-1769)

As Tsugutaka, the sixth lord, was without heirs, he adopted an heir from a branch of the Tokugawa family to continue the line:

  • Tokugawa Munetada, 1st Hitotsubashi-Tokugawa family head (1721-1765)
    • Tokugawa Harusada, 2nd Hitotsubashi-Tokugawa family head (1751-1827)
      • Simple silver crown.svg IX. Naritaka, 9th Lord of Fukuoka (1777-1795; r. 1782-1795)
        • Simple silver crown.svg X. Narikiyo, 10th Lord of Fukuoka (1795-1851; r. 1795-1834). He had a daughter:
          • Junhime (d. 1851), m. Simple silver crown.svg XI. (Shimazu) Nagahiro, 11th Lord of Fukuoka, 11th family head (1811-1887; r. 1834-1869; family head: 1834-1869). He had a daughter:
            • Rikuhime, m. Simple silver crown.svg XII. (Tōdō) Nagatomo, 12th Lord of Fukuoka, 12th family head (1839-1902; Lord: 1869; Governor: 1869-1871; family head: 1869-1878)
              • Nagashige, 13th family head, 1st Marquess (1867-1939; family head: 1878-1939; Marquess: 1884)
                • Nagamichi, 14th family head, 2nd Marquess (1889-1978; family head: 1939-1978; 2nd Marquess: 1939-1947)
                  • Nagahisa, 15th family head (1916-2009; family head: 1978-2009)
                    • Nagataka, 16th family head (b. 1952; family head: 2009-present)
    • Simple silver crown.svg VII.(Kuroda) Haruyuki, 7th Lord of Fukuoka (1753-1781; r. 1769-1781). Adopted by the sixth Lord of Fukuoka. He adopted an heir, the eighth lord:
    • Simple silver crown.svg VIII. (Kyōgoku) Harutaka, 8th Lord of Fukuoka (1754-1782; r. 1782)


See also[edit]


Map of Japan, 1789 -- the Han system affected cartography
  1. ^ Mass, Jeffrey P. and William B. Hauser. (1987). The Bakufu in Japanese History, p. 150.
  2. ^ Elison, George and Bardwell L. Smith (1987). Warlords, Artists, & Commoners: Japan in the Sixteenth Century, p. 18.
  3. ^ Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon; Papinot, (2003). "Kuroda" at Nobiliare du Japon, pp. 25-26; retrieved 2013-4-10.
  4. ^ Genealogy

External links[edit]

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